Job Summary: The Director of Development & Communications will be responsible to plan, develop and implement all aspects of the organization’s fundraising, marketing strategy, communications and public relations activities. The Director of Development & Communications will collaborate with the Board of Directors and President/CEO to create a multi-year plan which increases both visibility for the organization and revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.
The Director of Development & Communications will perform the following duties:
Collaboratively develop and implement the fund development plan in accordance with ethical fundraising principles. Ensure critical timelines and fundraising goals are met to support the agency’s strategic plan;
Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary
Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events;
Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization's fundraising priorities;
Develop and maintain relationships with major donors
Coordinate and oversee the administration of a donor database, mailing lists and gift processing;
Engage volunteers for special fund development projects;
Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities;
Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports and recommend changes as necessary
Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization;
Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization;
Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts;
Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization.
Prepare press releases, with the approval of the President/CEO.
Work with staff to identify potential media opportunities and stories.
Oversee the organization’s presence on social networking sites.
Leveraging strategic use of traditional press vehicles and online tools, developing press opportunities and speaking engagements, developing and leading a proactive media plan designed to heighten the organization's visibility.
BA (required) or MA (a plus) in field such as communications, public relations or marketing;
3-5 years of experience in development; marketing, communication or public relations with demonstrated success
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) (a plus) or a certificate in Fundraising Management
Excellent working knowledge of software applications including Word, Access, Excel and Publisher, as well as Adobe.
Experience with donor database software preferred.
Current knowledge and experience working with social media
Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, administration, board members.
All children and families will have the emotional well-being and resources needed to succeed in life.
We provide children and families with culturally-informed mental health care and complementary supports, regardless of ability to pay.
Two things have remained constant in the Child and Family Guidance Center’s 90+ year history—the need for affordable me...ntal health services and champions to advocate for them.
On September 1, 1925, the Bridgeport Mental Hygiene Clinic—the third of its kind in Connecticut—opened its doors. The inspiration behind the clinic’s creation came from wealthy businessman Clifford W. Beers, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene. Beers himself suffered from mental illness, and could afford the very best treatment. Knowing that many people could not pay for treatment of any kind, he rallied a group of business people in Bridgeport to support this new venture. With an operating budget of $5424, we started out with a staff of two, providing free mental health care in Bridgeport several days each week.
Three name changes and three Bridgeport locations later, the Child and Family Guidance Center is now located at 180 Fairfield Avenue. With an operating budget of $11 million, we have a staff of 125 people and operate three satellite offices in Fairfield, Stratford, and Norwalk.
Our sixteen programs have helped thousands of people in Fairfield County, with the majority of our work being done in Greater Bridgeport and Greater Norwalk. Across all of our programs, we strive to increase the emotional well-being of the people we serve and create stable and nurturing environments for children.